URLs du Jour (6/8/2005)

  • Anyone who doubts that Instapundit is The One and True Blogfather should check him out today (June 8, 2005, if you're not reading this then). All-knowing, all-seeing, all-blogging, all the time. I've only been doing this stuff for a few months, but some days I just feel like pointing to Glenn and saying "Me too". Today, I'm giving in to the temptation. No, he doesn't need the plug, but I'm in awe.
  • If you're not overdosed on Raich commentary, this is the best one today: Matt Welch at Reason.
  • I took an online test, and…

    [Quiz Result!]

    [A clever and funny quiz. Not sure if I'm proud/ashamed I didn't score higher/lower.]

  • Quote du jour, via Prof Bainbridge: "Arrogance, pedantry, and dogmatism--the occupational diseases of those who spend their lives directing the intellects of the young."

Last Modified 2012-10-26 12:27 PM EDT

unh never learns

Less than a year after its last widely-publicized foolishness in trying to punish free expression, UNH (aka "my employer") is now trying do something about the Authentic Durham website. Because, apparently, it also answers to the URL www.unhdrunks.com.

As you might guess without even looking, the website enthusiastically embraces and publicizes a substance-fueled party-hearty collegiate lifestyle that UNH would really like to disown.

The story in our local paper is here. UNH claims the site "violates tradmarks owned by the University." And UNH demands "all university marks, such as its name, logos and slogans, be removed from the site"

My immediate thought: we have UNH slogans? What are they?

I didn't look very hard, but browsing the site doesn't turn up anything that could confuse anyone into thinking it's a UNH site. There may be some pictures of inebriated boys and girls wearing, or barfing on, UNH-logoed sweatshirts. (I didn't see them, but it's a reasonable guess.) There is liberal use of the terms "UNH" and "University of New Hampshire", but really, anyone can put those words on their website when referring to Our Institution. (Er, can't they?)

Apparently the major sticking point is the "UNHDrunks.com" domain because it contains those three magic letters "UNH".

It's unknown whether UNH administration will be going after The Unh! Project, United Health Group, or the University of New Haven next.

I Am Not A Lawyer, But: you can search for trademarks here. Searching for "MIT", "UVM", or "RPI" will show that those respective Universities have registered those strings. Search for "UNH" and you get hits for only "UNHLATEX" and "UNH FLOATRACK" (honest). ("University of New Hampshire" gives a hit.)

Goodness knows what will happen next. The folks at "Authentic Durham" seem reasonably defiant. And UNH administration has a proud history of getting things wrong in this area. (In addition to the link above, see here, or here, or here.) Could be be fun to watch.

Last Modified 2012-10-26 12:28 PM EDT